Leeds United director of football Victor Orta needs to be wary of the “ruthless” nature of the sport during the summer transfer window, according to Darren Bent.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists clubs will not be too worried about the morality of their decisions and that they will do whatever suits them best.

Talking to BBC columnist Guillem Balague, Leeds chief Orta admitted he expected “ethical” behaviour from rival sides in the transfer window following the Coronavirus pandemic.

He went on to reveal that he expects likes of purchase clauses to be upheld, regardless of how the season is resolved, with Leeds holding options for both Jack Harrison and Jean-Kevin Augustin.

However, Bent believes that Orta’s faith may be misplaced, insisting that clubs will always do what is in their best interests.

Bent told Football Insider: “Football’s ruthless. Listen, there are a lot of good guys out there when it comes to football but morally, we know full well if it suits a football club, they’re going to do it, regardless of how it is.

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“As long it helps them, they don’t really care. So for me, I would just maybe have a little think about it and go: ‘Hmm, maybe not, maybe not quite sure.’

“It’s going to be interesting to see what clubs do in the transfer window because I think there will be players desperate to leave clubs but the clubs are just going to hold onto them for dear life.”

In his interview with Balague, Orta said: “This is a crisis and if anybody takes benefit, for me it would be a big surprise. I don’t think the football industry will do this.

“If I had a player with the option to buy now, because I expected the season to be finished, and one team uses that date to sell the player for more money to another team, it wouldn’t look good, to use one big problem and benefit.”